The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 195

Versions of classics

Blues and jazz tunes become classics when they get covered by many artists and come in a great variation of styles through the years. For today some of these classics, with their original version and a great cover that shows the versatility of the composition.

Well if I promise you standards, well, I start with one that never made it to that status though I still have two great, contrasting versions. I always wondered why it never picked up, neither in the thirties, nor later, for instance among nowadays old-time jazz combos. Your show host has a mind of his own.



  1. Clarence Williams - Mister, Will You Serenade
  2. Tiny Bradshaw - Mister, Will You Serenade
  3. Trixie Smith - My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)
  4. Jimmy Rushing - Jimmy's Round The Clock Blues
  5. Anna Meyers - Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do
  6. Jimmy Witherspoon - Ain't Nobody's Business
  7. James 'Beale Street' Clark - Get Ready To Meet Your Man
  8. Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
  9. Ma Rainey - See See Rider Blues
  10. Bea Booze - See See Rider Blues
  11. Buddy Moss - Oh Lordy Mama
  12. June Richmond with Roy Milton and his Solid Senders - Hey Lawdy Mama
  13. Harlem Hamfats - Weed smoker's dream
  14. Lil Green - Why Don't You Do Right
  15. Johnny Hodges - That's The Blues Old Man
  16. Jimmy Forrest - Night Train


  • James Brown - Night Train
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Trixie Smith - My Man Rocks Me (with one steady roll) (1938 re-recording)
  • Dinah Washington - 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  • Earl Hooker - Look On Yonder's Wall
  • Ray Charles - See See Rider
  • Louis Armstrong - Hey Lawdy Mama
  • Duke Ellington - Happy Go Lucky Local